Archive for January, 2013

Braces…On Baby Teeth?

Many parents wait until all of their child’s permanent teeth have grown in before considering the need for orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing kids in for an evaluation by the age of seven. That’s because some, more severe issues may occur before all the adult teeth have erupted. The following three conditions may require early orthodontic treatment:

  1. Crossbites. When your child bites down, his upper teeth normally sit over the top of his lower teeth. Crossbites occur when one or more of the upper teeth sit on the inside of the lower teeth, tilting toward the cheek or tongue. This may occur on either or both sides, the front, or back of the mouth. Crossbites don’t typically correct themselves, getting deeper with time and placing a lot of pressure on the jaw. Fortunately, correction is fairly easy, even with growing children. (more…)

January 24, 2013 at 1:54 am 3 comments

Scary Facts about Tongue Piercing

tonguepiercingThink it’s too early to worry about your child getting a body piercing? According to a Northwestern University study, women account for almost three fourths of people with body piercings, and a third of them got their first piercing under the age of 18.

The study showed that unlike the case with tattoos, the prevalence of body piercing does not vary by educational status or income level. So if you’ve got a tween or soon-to-be tween floating around the house, it’s good to have some background on the risks when their curiosity about body piercing leads to questions.

The following are common medical complications associated with body piercing, including dental risks involved specifically with piercing the tongue: (more…)

January 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

5 Ways to Get Kids Brushing with the Help of Electronics

brushingteethKids today know the difference between Android or iPhone, have a social media page for grandma and grandpa to see, and already rely on a go-to app or two that mom and dad approve of. Even the most traditional parents admit that this generation’s kids are growing up in the electronic age. With the proper guidance, electronics can enhance life and make some tasks run more smoothly. Here are 5 ways that plugging in can get kids brushing: (more…)

January 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm 3 comments


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